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  1. I went with Lowrance a couple years ago back when I had my Sig 270. Good stuff but more oriented for fisher men. I liked my experience with Garmin but it is like Apple, if you want every features available you have to get the full Garmin kit (AP, MFD, antenna, etc, etc). Since I had to stick with Mercury auto pilot system, Garmin wasn't an option. Never been a huge fan of Ray, but is just a matter of taste, nothing wrong with the brand, except they tried and fail to have their own NMEA2K with SeaTalk, vX etc...and finally got onboard with the standard. Then I read and heard that Navico was behind almost every Vesselview since a couple of years, more than that, they are almost a part of Brunswick too. I was looking for something close to Garmin's auto-guidance. I found CMAP Easy Routing (recently bought by Navico) and when on new gen of SIMRAD's MFD that uou were able to send the routes to the Merc AP. In the end I have all the same features I had with Garmin in my Sig 290, but much more reliable and precise since the Merc AP is really something else. Will do this week-end my friend, I am still working on it but it seems I will be able to control it with my nrx 300 remote which could be cool to be able to all listen the same music. The entire speaker floats, I tried... awesome. In fact you let the engines on and just press the skyhook button, then it will keep you at the same GPS position. Like I said to Phil, it is more to be able to wait for a couple of minutes without having to dock or release the anchor. Useful but you have to stay in the boat since engines are trying to keep you steady. Not really helpful with a lot of current because the boat is backing hard etc... more useful in a marina or a lake I guess. Yup I wanted to keep all the dash as OEM as possible. The only thing I still have to used to are the trim tabs switches. Always had to push them but now it is a bit different, nothing critical though :). Worst case, it will go later in August, as long as it happens, I am ok with it
  2. Digital anchor, engine is keeping your position. Usefull when waiting for gas, bridge or else. Works pretty well in fact, never knew until I tried a couple years ago.
  3. Hey buddy, I have done some modifications already. After a couple of rides and I can now say that I am very pleased so far. The only thing that doesn't work properly is the active trim not reacting at all, but I am working on it. Here is the list of what I have done so far : - Removed the Raymarine AXIOM 9 inch and added a SIMRAD Go 12xse - Removed the VesselView 4 and added a SIMRAD Go 9 XSE + Vesselview link behind the dash - Removed the Rockford Fostgate headunit + remote and added a Fusion Apollo RA-770 + NRX 300 Remote - Added a SIMRAD GPS NMEA2K Antenna since the mercury antenna can't send the gps through NMEA2K - Added Active Trim - New dash from Florida shop Tecnografic to flush mount everything - Removed the 19 inch Insignia TV in the Cabin for a 4k 32 inch Acer ET322QK monitor + apple TV - Added ASUS Blue Cave router in the cabin + Foscam Fi9831W in the aft bed to check on the baby when he is sleeping - Added Fusion Stereo Active on the bow rail (No wires at all , really cool) What I still want to do : - Having the Kohler numbers shown in the vesselview - Give a name to the boat - Having the Active Trim working properly - Having the trim tabs level shown in the vesselview BEFORE : AFTER : In terms of differences, the most obvious is the 21 degrees of deadrise. I mean, it is like a knife on the water compared to my previous Chap 290. The electric grill in the cockpit is also worth mentioning, no more going to the cabin and take the bbq, gas, putting everything together and then putting everything back in the cabin. More headroom in the cabin and in the shower, beds are bigger both aft and forward. The Axius Joystick + Skyhook + DTS are really cool too. I don't think you want/can't go back after having them. The coolest feature is to be able to have easy routing in the SIMRAD and be able to send the routes to the Merc Auto pilot. All in all, I think I just have positive feedbacks to share, I still miss my old chap sometimes because I am a nostalgic but it was also a 15 years older boat than this one. I am leaving for the Keys the 24th of July and be back in Canada the 19th of August. It is pretty short but with all the work here, I haven't been able to take more this year. I will cross at Lacolle then straight to Albany through i87, I will then go west via I88 / I90, then south on the I81 all the way down to Staunton, then east until I reach Richmond and finally all the way down south on the i95 to the Keys. I think I won't have much time on my way to the Keys but I will try to keep a day on the way back, I will let you know for sure. One other idea would be to tow the boat for a long week-end to Boston and launch it there, if you can give me some advices on a large ramp.
  4. Well, about trim and fuel tank : your trim sender (on your Bravo) as a wire connecting to the main engine in the plug labeled ANALOG TRIM. You will need to unplug it and plug it in the one named DIGITAL TRIM. Don't forget to take the small cap from DIGITAL and put it on the ANALOG. Same thing for the fuel. The sender in your fuel tank should be plugged directly on the fuel gauge (on your dashboard), identify it, cut it and plug it on the engine, this way your SIMRAD/Vesselview will be able to read what is send by your fuel sender. What your ordered is the blue smartcraft cable which is a totally different thing, for this particular one you just need to plug it on your smartcraft plug (on the engine) on one end and plug the other one behind your dashboard in a free slot of your junction box. Since your boat wasn't installed with smartcraft wiring, you should check if you have a junction box, if you don't, it is really not expansive, a 4 ways should be enough for what you are trying to achieve.
  5. Hi Dozer, don't forget that since your engines weren't programmed with smartcraft/vesselview in mind, both of them are configured as starboards engine. I did what you are trying to achieve on a Sig 290 2004 a couple years ago and it worked very well, I only needed a Merc tech to set my port engine as port engine . He did it in 3 minutes... Don't forget to unplug the trim from the analog wire and put it to the digital trim plug (both are together directly on the engine) because without it you will miss a couple of features on your Simrad/vesselview like Eco Mode, Smart Tow, etc... they need trim information to operate . Same goes for the fuel tank wire, on mine it was directly plugged on the fuel gauge. You will need to plug it on the engine instead. You will definitely love the upgrade, of that I am pretty sure
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    My next target would probably be the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer for a couple of reasons : - One of the rare 35 ft cruiser with a standalone / separate shower - The wet bar at the rear with the electric grill is a #%^$&%$ good idea - AFT cabin can be a queen or 2 single beds - Smart way to fit the TV in a like-home TV stand - Double adjustable bow cushions - Massive arch with electrical sunroof A Regal 33 Express would be my next choice I suppose.
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    It's been 2 year so I am not 100% sure but I don't remember tying it in the anchor locker… I think it was on a bow cleat… Perhaps the line was under the anchor…. don't know for sure. I have been told to not throw the anchor if I can avoid it in the Keys by Drew, and some people at the marina told me the same thing. When I first arrive at Looe Keys I just looked around and saw that no one had dropped their anchor, I just did the same. Later, some folks told me it was forbidden because of the reef below ;). Some people were very helpful and kind, others almost yell at you if you are making a mistake… I am definitely not the most experience captain on any level anywhere, but I have a small experience of different places. I mean, I went on Mediterranean sea, Atlantic seas on Europe coast and US Coast, St Lawrence river and every river in France. A lot of river and seas in Spain/Portugal and of course a little experience in the Keys and different places in US. Most of the people who are yelling at you never left their confy spots, never knew anything else than their boat area. I am eager to learn from anyone, but everyone can make a mistake… no need to yell at them. I remember going very slowly (5-6 mph) approaching Bahia Honda, a fishing guy in a boat yelled at me to get out of there because since Irma, you can't go too close from Bahia Honda anymore (Except if you pay for it and stay a night in the state park). I told the guy not to yell at me if he didn't want me to teach him how to speak to people but that I was sorry I didn't know. Later I went a ask a guy in the State park, he told me that's because of the birds reproductions etc, they want to avoid boaters near Bahia Honda beach but didn't had the time to put a sign… All in all, I have met a lot of kind and cool people, you just can't avoid those who thinks they know everything, there is a few of them in the Keys, especially week-end fishermens...
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    Mooring balls ;), at this time we were at Looe Keys and since it is a protected area you can't just drop your Anchor, if there is no mooring ball available you have to wait or leave or send a line to another boat. About music I was born in the 80's so I am more a 90's guy :p, I am only 37 old but yeah I feel older when I listen good old Nirvana or Kid Rock (not too loud because if you want respect you have to show some) and people look at me like : whaaaat ? ) lol
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    Hey thanks for confirming, so if I want to go, I need a day from Marathon to the RDV point which means 2 back and forth + the 5 days including meeting prep. I should consider a week at least.
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    Could be very cool to catch up ;). My own experience about beaches in the Keys is… don't bother lol. At least around Marathon and/or Key West. This is nothing like your pictures, in fact there is algae on almost every beach I have seen, it is even worst since Irma but I was told that it is good for the eco system in the Keys. Never been there yet but if you want beautiful beaches, it seems that Bahamas is the place to go, I will check that theory myself :p, you are more than welcome to join me. I have to say that I haven't been in the upper Keys though, perhaps it is different but I spent 2 months in 2 years looking for those beaches you are showing and I never found them, perhaps I was just unlucky. Dry Tortugas seems to be the real challenge with boats like ours, especially because there is nothing once you get there, I read a lot of stories of boaters stucked down there or trying to go from boat to boat exchanging water for gas, or simply being towed back. Anyway that is a trip I will do with at least 200+ gal just to be able to let the gen run. I like Marathon because I am looking for a place where I am able to hang out with the family. For me Key West is a little too noisy and active, I am looking for peace and quiet you know lol. I have been told that the upper keys are more fitted for spring breakers etc and since I am cool to be the only boat on the island, marathon seems to be the perfect place for me. Some cool spots to visit too like : Bahia Honda, Siesta Key, Looe Keys, 2-3 h away from Key West on the Atlantic side. I have made a video back in summer 2016, I need to work on the one of summer 2018 this winter. Perhaps it could give you an idea but what I saw this year was very different from what you can see on the video, Irma definitely took a heavy toll on the Keys… I am not fishing at all, don't have the patience for it :p
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    I am interested by : June 26-30, 2019 - Bimini since I will be in the Keys from 19th of June to 16th of July. If I understand correctly you have to be there Wednesday for the meeting and everyone is leaving Thursday and return Sunday.
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    Chaparral Helm Project

    Hi Jason, just saw your PM this morning and I was thinking that it is best to answer here. I did a couple of things on my Sig 290 2004. If I had to do it again, here are the things I loved most : - Hydraulic steering upgrade (I went with seastar system which includes the ram on the engines, the helm and the steering wheel + hoses) - Hydraulic steering system allowed me to put a Garmin Hydraulic AutoPilot - Put a nmea2k sensor in the fresh water tank to have the fresh water level on the GMI 20 - Since I went with a Garmin AP, I also went with a Chartplotter Garmin 7612 xsv and the AP gauge + a small Garmin GMI 20, a 4 inch mfd where you can see a lot of stuff. - A Fusion MS AV755 + 2 NRX200i remote (one in the cabin and the other on the swim platform) - In order to fit all this I also put the console of the Sig 290 2009. This is just the helm and I just listed what I liked most but there is more. With a Sig 350 you definitely want the auto pilot and Garmin integration is very nice. I can't go this way with the Sea Ray but I wish I could have. It is as simple as pin point on your Chartplotter and let the AP engage by himself, if like me, you go with the charts G2 Vision you don't even have to bother creating the route and it is very reliable too. About your gauges, if I were you I think I would either keep analog gauge or dedicate a mfd especially for this purpose with Maretron you can have something like this : I will be glad to provide help and#or parts numbers I used if you want.
  13. Huhu, in Canada scales are in Kg but at least it is automatic the weekend :p. A Ram 2500/ Ford F 250 should be enough to tow it with 15 K capacity but I wanted the BIG ONE so I went with the 3500 Dually
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    What Cruiser Would You Buy?

    Yeah really cool design, love it. It makes think of Rio Yacht italian design : https://www.rioyachts.net/fr/yacht/espera-34-2/ Owned 2 Rio boats back when I was in Europe, loved them I am a big fan of Italian design.
  15. Back at home : At the scale )6350 Kg = 14 000 lbs) :